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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ For the Spix's macaw this process reached its inevitable terminus with just a single individual left in the wild.
▪ Parrots and macaws grab them with their beaks.
▪ We count monkeys in the trees and macaws at their clay licks where they congregate in their hundreds.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Macaw \Ma*caw"\, n. [From the native name in the Antilles.] (Zo["o]l.) Any parrot of the genus Ara, Sittace, or Macrocercus. About eighteen species are known, all of them found in Central and South America. They are large and have a very long tail, a strong hooked bill, and a naked space around the eyes. The voice is harsh, and the colors are brilliant and strongly contrasted; they are among the largest and showiest of parrots. Different species names have been given to the same macaw, as for example the Hyacinthine macaw, which has been variously classified as Anodorhyncus hyacynthinus, Anodorhyncus maximiliani, and Macrocercus hyacynthinus.

Macaw bush (Bot.), a West Indian name for a prickly kind of nightshade ( Solanum mammosum).

Macaw palm, Macaw tree (Bot.), a tropical American palm ( Acrocomia fusiformis and other species) having a prickly stem and pinnately divided leaves. Its nut yields a yellow butter, with the perfume of violets, which is used in making violet soap. Called also grugru palm.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

species of large, long-tailed birds, 1660s, from Portuguese macau, from a word in a Brazilian language, perhaps Tupi macavuana, which may be the name of a type of palm tree the fruit of which the birds eat.


n. Any of various parrots of the genera ''Ara'', ''Anodorhynchus'', ''Cyanopsitta'', ''Orthopsittaca'', ''Primolius'' and ''Diopsittaca'' of Central America and South America, including the largest parrots and characterized by long sabre-shaped tails, curved powerful bills, and usually brilliant plumage.


n. long-tailed brilliantly colored parrot of Central America and South America; among the largest and showiest of parrots


Macaws are long-tailed, often colourful New World parrots.

Macaw (disambiguation)

Macaw can refer to:

  • Macaw, colorful New World parrots
  • Macaw palm, Acrocomia aculeata, a palm tree
  • Macaw, a Software DAW (Digital Audio Workstation Software)
  • MACAW, stands for Multiple Access with Collision Avoidance for Wireless
  • Macaw Web Editor

Usage examples of "macaw".

She imagined the smell of the rain forest and the chatter of monkeys, the rustle of agoutis, the slither of anacondas, the screech of macaws.

Harvey Pearce probably got the macaw the same way he scored the bird Pounder mentioned.

He said that dogs were not loyal but servile, that cats were opportunists and traitors, that peacocks were heralds of death, that macaws were simply decorative annoyances, that rabbits fomented greed, that monkeys carried the fever of lust, and that roosters were damned because they had been complicit in the three denials of Christ.

She imagined the smell of the rain forest and the chatter of monkeys, the rustle of agoutis, the slither of anacondas, the screech of macaws.

On shore even the raucous squawking of the scarlet macaws and Amazonian green parrots was stilled.

Mary Hampton, as she crossed over to the conservatory to give her macaws their usual tribute from the dessert dishes.

A breath of chill air seemed to rush across the room, and at the same time the macaws broke forth into ear-splitting screams.

Sometimes alone, sometimes with a soldier from his own part of the country, he would slowly saunter along by cages containing parrots with green backs and yellow heads from the banks of the Amazon, or parrots with gray backs and red heads from Senegal, or enormous macaws, which look like birds reared in hot-houses, with their flower-like feathers, their plumes and their tufts.

The nobleman swept his cloak of brilliant macaw feathers from his shoulders to cover Callatl. The young man coughed in agony, his breath bursting in gasps and gurgles.

The owl, arch and forbidding, was mute, but the macaw seemed on the verge of divulging a dark and ironic secret.

Scarlet macaw feathers protruded from a string binding the deltoid muscle of the left arm.

We were almost two hundred feet up, above the jungle canopy, looking down over all of Tikal, watching the lengthening shadows and listening to a cacophony of macaws, red-lored parrots, black falcons and howler monkeys.

I'd never dreamed you could make a guitar sound like a Hyacinthine Macaw.

This was Machu Picchu the macaw, also known (to her annoyance) as “.

This, Nita knew, was Tom and Carl's intractable macaw Machu Picchu, or Peach for short.